Oppo R5 crowned world's slimmest smartphone at 4.85mm thick

By Shawn Knight
Oct 29, 2014
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  1. Advancements in technology have allowed smartphone manufacturers to continue to push the envelope when it comes to building thin devices. Such is the case with Oppo's new R5 smartphone which, at just 4.85mm thick, narrowly beats out the 5.15mm Elife S5.1...

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  2. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 850   +201

    This really does sound like a solid handset with the exception of the headphone jack. But, do people really want "thinner" phones? I feel like the average joe usually throws a case on their phone which instantly increases it's size most of the time. I wish manufactures would focus more on battery life or something useful for the end user.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 805   +270

    Yeah, thinner phones look good but we don't need them to be this thin. My crappy phone is 7.9mm thick and it seems really slim to me I have no need for a slimmer phone and I wouldn't even complain about a thicker one.
  4. 2,000mAh battery eh? I'm guessing it'll last about 6 hours then. That might work for some, but not for me. Dunno what's up with all this tech anorexia. The iPad Air 2 is now so thin that it almost vibrates off the table when you play music and the screen distorts if you hold it on one side and apply slight pressure on the other side. Battery life took quite a hit as well compared to my iPad 4 with a 2 year old battery. But it sure is thin. In about 2 iPad generations, I'll be able to shave myself with it!
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  5. Marty LK

    Marty LK TS Rookie

    Ehh...6.5mm is plenty thin enough for me. There's a point to which thinness becomes a burden. And the burden in this case is the lack of a HP jack because the phone is too thin to incorporate one. Palm and Apple learned the hard truth of relying on an adapter. They both put out phones that required an adapter for the headphones. But Palm went out of business and Apple learned its lesson and never did that again.
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 853   +352

    No thanks! I'll take a thicker device, with a bigger battery any day, which I did with the Huawei mate2
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,936

    Whats so marvelous about it's thickness or lack thereof? It doesnt sound like a feat of engineering to me. If a smartphone didn't need a battery to power it or accommodate a 3.5mm jack, micro USB port, buttons etc, you could probably make one about 3mm thick including a hi res camera. It sounds like they've only achieved this by sacrificing battery capacity which seems to be the usual trick. I can see a lot of people swooning and fawning about it's thickness but I'm not impressed, I'd rather have a higher capacity battery in a thicker body, not only that, a thicker phone feels better in the hand and is easier to grip but each to their own I suppose.
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +461

    Yeah I'm one of those average joes that put a case on my LG G2 with screen cover, the other day I took it off for cleaning and it was amazing how thin it actually was without the case, I almost left it out and then I thought of it droping on it's face and it passed :p
  9. Radient

    Radient TS Rookie Posts: 43

    I 7 find is the best phone ive seen

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